How to Make Shrimp Parm (i.e. Parmesan)

How to Make Shrimp Parm (i.e. Parmesan)

When we think of Italian dishes, shrimp parm is one that stands out. The ooey, gooey cheese, the rich sauce and the light, fresh taste of shrimp comes together to make a mouth-watering combination. If you’d like to learn how to make shrimp parm, read on!

Why Love Shrimp Parm?

Shrimp parm contains shrimp, which is notoriously healthy. It’s low in calories and fat and high in protein and essential fatty acids. It is also rich in astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is a carotenoid that gives shrimp their pink color. It is packed with antioxidants and may support health aging, especially in the heart and muscles. It can also protect the body from toxins and stressors.

If you would like to make a delicious and healthy shrimp parm dish, here is a recipe we recommend.

Shrimp Parm Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lbs. extra-large shrimp peeled and butterflied
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • ¾ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • Olive oil to protect bottom of pan while frying
  • 1 lb grated mozzarella cheese
  • 3 ½ cups tomato sauce
  • 1 lb pasta
  • Olive oil drizzle throughout pasta
  • Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  • Open the shrimp up like a book and remove the dark vein.
  • In a zip lock bag, place flour seasoned with salt and Old Bay. Toss in shrimp and shake to coat.
  • Remove shrimp; add panko, breadcrumbs, and parmesan cheese to the same bag.
  • In a small bowl whisk eggs and mayonnaise.
  • Dip floured shrimp into egg mixture and then into bread crumbs.
  • Heat oil in a large heavy bottom pan.
  •  Brown shrimp in batches and drain on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  • Spread 1/3 of the sauce on the bottom of the pan.
  • Spread cooked pasta on top of sauce.
  • Spoon another 1/3 sauce on pasta.
  • Layer shrimp over the pasta
  • Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  • Top with the rest of the sauce.
  • Top with grated parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in 350-degree oven till cheese is melted, about 15-20 minutes.

Of course, not everyone has the time to cook a shrimp parm dish. Fortunately for them, there are other ways to enjoy the benefits astaxanthin has to offer. The easiest way to take it is in supplemental form.

Don’t Like Seafood But Want Nutrition? Try These Healthy Supplements!

There are plenty of health care companies that carry astaxanthin supplements, but here are two we recommend.

Pure Encapsulations: Pure Encapsulations carries a wide range of products that are vegetarian, hypoallergenic, and all natural. Every ingredient they use gets tested for purity and potency. Their astaxanthin supplements are just one of the many they provide to ensure optimal health.

Solgar: With close to 75 years in the healthcare industry, Solgar has built a reputation for themselves as a leading provider of natural supplements. They are known for providing top quality, science-based products. Their product line includes astaxanthin supplements which are available in different strengths.

Eating shrimp parm is a delicious way to take advantage of the benefits astaxanthin has to offer, but those who would rather not spend a lot of time in the kitchen can still experience optimal health by taking this carotenoid in supplemental form. Cook or dose? Which one is right for you?

Stop Chafing Before It Starts…Naturally

You may not know what “chub” is, but it is a very real thing.  Chub is the skin that hangs off the thighs – or the arms as well.  It is very hard to get rid of, requiring lots of toning and weight-bearing exercise.  Chub is also something that women, especially, are very self-conscious of. And if that isn’t enough, chub rubs, causing painful chafing, red bumps, rashes, and more.  Both men and women get chub, but in this case, we are focusing on how women handle it. 

Many products on the market claim to help with chafing, but few are made for chub rub specifically; even fewer were designed with women and their bodies in mind.  Imagine my surprise when I got a call asking me to try, and honestly review, a product called ChubRub. With my doubtful demeanor in check, I agreed to try this product.  And try it I did!

So, let’s start at the very beginning.  I’m not small but I’m not overly large either.  I have chub and it rubs. I get rashes and I am constantly trying to hide them.  The summer is the worst time for me because the heat of the day, plus the heat my body produces, plus the chub itself, equals a very nasty combination.  If you’ve ever had waxing and gotten those red, prickly bumps that hurt? That’s about what my chub rub looks like. And I shouldn’t forget to tell you that in sharing this, I do feel exposed.  It’s the part of my body I hate the most and am also the most uncomfortable about.    

When the package of ChubRub arrived around Thanksgiving, I thought, this won’t work so I’ll give it some time.  I had Thanksgiving with all the trimmings, forgetting about the package sitting on my desk for a bit. Then, I realized that what I was enjoying about the holiday was likely making my chub worse.  So, I decided to open the package and try the product. For those that don’t know, by the way, the product is a deodorant-sized and shaped product that goes on very much the same way. It isn’t greasy or smelly, which gives my clothes a break.  (Having tried other products and ruined clothes, this was actually two big points in ChubRub’s favor.)

After applying ChubRub, I was almost concerned it wasn’t on, but after a careful check, it realized it was.  For me it was kind of like that old “As Seen On TV” quote “set it and forget it,” although in this case it was more like “apply it and forget it”.  That first trial day I was actually busier than usual. I ran through malls getting gifts, I volunteered to help at a shelter, and I used a treadmill for the first time in a very long time.  I tried to come up with each and every scenario I could to see how the ChubRub worked. 

My expectations were not only met, but ChubRub overdelivered for me.  At the end of a crazy, busy 18-hour day walking, running, shopping and so much more, there was no rub.  No rash. No red bumps. Nothing to hide (except my own chub, of course). It was miraculous. I didn’t smell, and I didn’t stain my clothing from this product.  In fact, to be perfectly honest, I totally forgot about my chub, or the ChubRub, in the hullabaloo of the day. And what does that tell me? This product not only works well, but it does what it says.  

The packaging is white and pink, and the product is reasonably priced.  The problem of physical chub rub, however, is a much costlier one. It can impact your self-confidence.  It can impact you socially (it has done that to me), and it can impact how you carry yourself. And those are things I never thought I would break free of – until now.

As one who never believed a product would help to significantly solve this problem, (let’s face it – it is only really solved when the chub is actually gone for good), I can tell you that ChubRub is the closest thing I have ever seen, or tried, for that matter, that not only gets rid of my chub-based rashes, but also prevents them from starting in the first place.  Never did I think I would say that. Honestly. My chub rub had far-reaching impacts – from my dating life to changing to go to a doctor’s office – to purchasing clothing primarily because it might reduce the rubbing and not necessarily because it was what I wanted. And that’s a lot to say – and even more to live with.

After using ChubRub for over a month, I’m totally convinced it is a life-changing product.  I am comfortable recommending it to anyone and everyone, and I can’t wait to see what’s next from this insightful company.  While I have a long way to go with myself personally, I have certainly tamed what used to a very self-conscious problem with this product.  And last, but certainly not least, you can find ChubRub on Amazon or at www.zonenaturals.com.  Even more exciting is the news that beginning in March you will be able to purchase ChubRub in Walmart stores nationwide.   Just think, you can go to Walmart to purchase your ChubRub, while you spend time shopping and even, just maybe, working a dab of it off.  Now that’s a win/win to me!   

Primary Rhinoplasty vs. Revision Rhinoplasty: What You Need to Know

Individuals who are considering nose surgery can pursue a primary rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty. However, not all nose jobs are created equal. To determine which nose surgery option is the best choice, it is important to understand the similarities and differences between primary and revision rhinoplasty procedures. That way, an individual can make an informed decision about whether to undergo a primary or revision rhinoplasty treatment. 

What Is a Primary Rhinoplasty?

A primary rhinoplasty is used to enhance the facial appearance. People sometimes undergo rhinoplasty surgery to correct nasal asymmetry and ensure that the nose appears in perfect harmony relative to the cheeks, chin and other facial features. Or, individuals can receive a primary rhinoplasty surgery to treat malformations of the nose. Some people also choose primary rhinoplasty surgery to improve breathing through the nose. 

The ideal candidate for a primary rhinoplasty varies. Oftentimes, an individual qualifies for rhinoplasty surgery if he or she has a droopy, crooked or long nose, wide or flaring nostrils or other nose issues that impact the facial appearance. If an individual has experienced nose trauma, he or she could qualify for a rhinoplasty, too. 

Different types of rhinoplasty surgery are available, including teen rhinoplasty and ethnic rhinoplasty options. To determine which type of rhinoplasty surgery — if any — that an individual can receive, a consultation with a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon is critical. This consultation allows a surgeon to analyze a patient’s facial appearance and review his or her medical history. It also enables a surgeon to explore ways to help a patient achieve a nose that results in a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance. 

Many facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons are available to perform rhinoplasty procedures. Yet it is essential to work with a surgeon who possesses comprehensive facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and head and neck surgery expertise. By doing so, an individual can receive extensive support throughout rhinoplasty surgery. 

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles is a globally recognized facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with in-depth nose surgery expertise. If Dr. Azizzadeh believes a patient can benefit from rhinoplasty surgery and the procedure can be performed safely, he recommends a nose job. 

Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh understands that each nose surgery patient requires personalized care, and he crafts a custom rhinoplasty treatment plan for each patient accordingly. With this plan in place, Dr. Azizzadeh and his patient can work together to achieve the best-possible nose surgery results. 

What Is a Revision Rhinoplasty? 

A revision rhinoplasty is used to address unwanted results following a primary rhinoplasty. Also, revision nose surgery is sometimes used to repair functional or aesthetic problems of the nose after a primary rhinoplasty procedure. 

Revision rhinoplasty is more complex than a primary nose job, and it generally requires more time to complete than a primary rhinoplasty. Plus, a revision nose surgery must be performed by a facial plastic and reconstructive surgery expert who tailors a treatment plan to his or her patient’s facial appearance. 

Dr. Azizzadeh is a top revision rhinoplasty surgeon, and he is Harvard-trained and dual board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and head and neck surgery. His unique expertise allows him to customize each revision rhinoplasty treatment to his patient. 

Before revision rhinoplasty surgery is performed, Dr. Azizzadeh evaluates the structures in a patient’s face and head. If a patient qualifies for a revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Azizzadeh then creates a custom revision nose surgery treatment plan for him or her. Dr. Azizzadeh next executes this plan, ensuring his patient can undergo a revision nose job to simultaneously improve the facial appearance and maintain the integrity of the nasal function. 

Which Nose Surgery Option Is Better: Primary or Revision Rhinoplasty?

For people who are considering a primary or revision rhinoplasty surgery, meeting with facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Azizzadeh is key. Dr. Azizzadeh evaluates a nose surgery candidate and offers a personalized treatment recommendation. He even helps a patient weigh the pros and cons of different types of rhinoplasty surgery and determine which option can help this individual accomplish his or her nose job treatment goals. 

Dr. Azizzadeh is available to meet with an individual to explore rhinoplasty surgery options. To schedule a free rhinoplasty surgery consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact the CENTER online or call us today at 310-657-2203.

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Natural Acne Solution for Blackheads Near Lips

Natural Acne Solution for Blackheads Near Lips

Ugh, acne! It can really work to reduce your self confidence and no matter how many times your friends and family tell you it’s not that bad, when you have a pimple, you feel like it’s the focal point of your entire face.

One common acne problem is blackheads near lips. Blackheads are tiny bumps on the skin that form when oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells clog pores. The pores stay open, so the substances are exposed to air. This causes them to darken and appear as small black dots.

Blackheads usually appear on the face and forehead, but they can also develop on the back, neck, shoulders, chest, and around the lip area. Fortunately, there are natural treatments available that can minimize and even eliminate blackheads.

Read on to find out more about how to treat blackheads near lips and other parts of the face and body.

6 Ways to Treat Blackheads Near Lips

Acne Essentials: Terry Naturally is a company that is known for the innovative, natural supplements and health products they provide. Their Acne Essentials capsules are dietary supplements that contain vitamins and herbal ingredients designed to reduce breakouts. Rich in antioxidants, they fight the toxins and stress that can contribute to the appearance of acne.

Acne Spot Treatment: The Derma E company produces products rich in vitamin E and other essentials that can get skin looking its best. Their Acne Spot Treatment cream utilizes a blend of all-natural ingredients including tea tree, willow bark, rosewood, lavender and chamomile. These work together to minimize redness and irritation and prevent blemishes and breakouts.   

Witch Hazel: Witch hazel can be used to minimize oil in skin and keep pores from becoming clogged. It contains plant compounds called tannins which have astringent properties that can reduce oil in skin. To use it, simply apply the liquid to a cotton ball and apply it to affected areas.

Honey: Honey is an antibiotic that can fight bacteria that clogs pores. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce redness. Honey can be used as a mask. Apply it to your face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse off with lukewarm water.

Tea Tree Oil: This powerful antimicrobial can kill the bacteria that causes blackheads. It is very powerful, but it is also quite potent so it’s a good idea to dilute it before using it. It can be combined with a carrier oil like grapeseed oil and then applied directly to the skin.

Lip Balm: Lip balm that contains ingredients like honey or tea tree oil can be effective at treating blackheads near lips. Be sure the product you are buying is marked “acne safe” so it doesn’t worsen acne or cause irritation.

If you are bummed out about blackheads near lips, these all-natural products can help clear up your skin to get you feeling more attractive and more confident. What products do you use to keep your skin looking its best? 

Why Use Custom Lapel Pins

Why Use Custom Lapel Pins

Worn like a small piece of jewelry, custom lapel pins, also known as enamel pins, are typically adorned on a suit, dress, coat, or jacket and are a classy way to show off your personality. People wear them for a variety of reasons. Some like to show their love of country with a flag pin, others like to express support for a particular cause, and many simply like to collect them. No matter the reason, rest assured that there’s a pin out there for you. Or, you can custom design one to your liking.

Did you know that lapel pins date back to the 13th century? Using a specific metalworking technique called cloisonné; the precursor to the lapel pin was developed near the Byzantine Empire and was popularized during the Yuan Dynasty in China. This type of enamel technique has been refined since and is also used to produce other ornate pieces such as jewelry, fine art, housewares, and hairpins.

While lapel pins don’t have any actual purpose, many would argue that they make a political statement. Still, others would steadfastly contend the pins are all about fashion flare. 

For hundreds of years, lapel pins or brooches have been used to show affiliation to a specific sector of society. In contemporary times, for many companies, large and small, lapel pins have become an integral element of corporate identity. Often times, the design of their lapel pin is the corporate logo or simply the name of the company. 

Businesses also use lapel pins to recognize and reward employees who achieve certain milestones or accomplishments within the organization. They can also make corporate events more memorable for those win pins during competitions.

As a gift, lapel pins are lasting and demonstrate a real sense of thoughtfulness when customized.

Perhaps the single greatest influence on the popularization of lapel pins is the military. The connection between pins and the armed forces dates back to the Legion of the Roman ear when their state-sponsored army could not distinguish the enemy from their allies on the battlefield. The solution came in the form of a custom badge, or pin, for each legion. 

In the medieval period, aristocrats and knights of various levels designed complex custom badges (or pins) and displayed them on their shields as a means of identification. The composition of such badges generally has a specific format, including the symbol, the owner of the badge, history, mascots, auspicious colors, and maxims.

Like many products over the past 20 years, nearly all manufacturing of lapel pins takes place in China. 

The design of each pin starts off very much like animation in that they are all hand-drawn with a blue line. From there, the drawing will be either digitized or finished on a light-box to capture all the intricate details of the design. Once approved, the design is inked, colored, and transferred onto a mechanical sheet. The sheet serves as a blueprint that identifies the measurements and call-outs for manufacturing the parts.

Whether you’re designing a custom pin for personal or professional purposes or collecting custom pins you like, lapel pins are globally popular and there’s a vast assortment to choose from–so here are some tips. When designing your own custom pin, get as much information as possible about your pin’s audience and how your design can best engage their needs or interests. Also, whether you’re working with a single color or a full pallet of shades, color choice is one of the most important parts of pin design. Remember, custom pins can be a compelling visual medium and your color choice helps to immediately communicate ideas and release emotions tied to your overall design.

While lapel pins have been used historically for many purposes, today they’re largely used as a fashion accessory. From floral lapel pins that mimic a boutonniere to badge pins that show affiliation (e.g. country flag) to collar pins, lapel pins come in all shapes, sizes, and forms.

4 Tips On How To Choose The Best CBD Products On The Market Today

4 Tips On How To Choose The Best CBD Products On The Market Today

CBD oil is becoming an indispensable product in every household today. If you are reading this, then you are probably wondering more about the benefits and how CBD oil works (read more about that on Forbes). It’s no secret that the cannabis industry is at its peak today, with more and more research changing people’s perceptions about cannabis.

On the other hand, most people who have not experienced cannabis have a certain fear of being consumed, and being uninformed only takes it to the next level. We’ll try to help you demystify all the myths you may have heard along with the helpful facts you need to know before using CBD products.

CBD As Auxiliary Substance In Health Treatments

Research has shown that CBD contains many antioxidant and neuroprotective substances that are essential for human health. CBD oil provides treatment for many diseases such as some cardiovascular diseases, liver disease and metabolic disorders, as well as many other diseases that cannot be officially treated medically.

Due to its health effects, CBD is very popular and used in some medical institutions worldwide because it acts as a potential cure for over 50 medical conditions.

Positive Properties

CBD oil relieves various medical problems without the effects of THC and does not cause addiction. It can be used by anyone who feels the need for it or simply thinks it will make their life easier.

We can see people’s experiences and confessions on numerous websites, but it is certain that CBD oil has a positive effect on many people around the world. According to recent research, high levels of CBD work great for conditions such as anxiety, stress, seizures, depression, psychosis, and spasms. Also, it is less known today that due to the antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects of CBD, oil also helps with herpes.

Of course, we need to make a distinction between CBD oil and Hemp oil. Both have their benefits in the treatment of various health issues. You can find more details about their differences and application on the Daily CBD Mag, where you can go into more detail about the products you need in a particular health situation.

The Negative Sides

Research has not yet confirmed the negative side of CBD oil, and all possible side effects occur with products that are not available for sale. Although CBD does not cause psychoactive effects as is the case with THC, it does affect the body in other ways.

Patients using highly-concentrated CBD oils, or oils prescribed by a physician, have noted a decrease in other medicines, an effect on motor function and an increase in tremor in Parkinson’s disease.

In some cases, consumption can also cause a hangover, but it is important to note that none of these negative aspects of CBD use is common and occurs in extremely rare cases.

What To Know When Buying A CBD Product?

Today, the market is overloaded with CBD oil products. So we have to ask ourselves how to choose the best for us. It’s not always easy, but some criteria can help you make your choice more easily.

Keep in mind that not all CBD oils are of the same quality, so make sure you always get one from a trusted manufacturer. GiftWits is one of the sites where you can get more information about CBD-based products or manufacturers and be sure to find a quality product for yourself.

1.   Buy Products From Reliable Companies Only

Given that the CBD industry is still under-regulated in some countries, it is important to know that you are buying from reputable sources. It can seem difficult to say which companies are reliable unless we look at how professional their websites are. You can also look for product reviews.

Still, the best, most reliable way to check a company’s reliability is by looking for third-party reports. According to the Observer, reputable CBD manufacturers will test the series of their products to prove that the products are exactly as described. To ensure there is no bias, a third-party lab is used. Usually, laboratory reports will detail what cannabinoids are and in what amounts they are contained in a particular product.

It will also tell you if any chemicals like those from fertilizers can be found in the product. By checking the reports in the lab, you will know that you are buying from a reputable company.

2.   Extraction Methods

Another detail to pay attention to is how CBD was extracted from the hemp plant. There are many ways to get cannabinoids out of hemp, including olive oil! However, this generates extremely low returns and is not profitable for the companies.

As a result, most companies use other techniques such as dry ice or solvent. When solvents are used, it compromises product safety. Although most companies that use solvent extraction will take steps to eliminate as many harmful products as possible, it is not the safest method of extraction. Instead, opt for a company that uses CO2 extraction.

This method involves the use of carbon dioxide at a certain temperature and pressure so that it acts as a non-toxic solvent. It is a very efficient method, but it also ensures that the final product will be 100% safe.

3.   Opt For Broad-Spectrum Products

The effect of CBD is that it is best combined with the synergy of various cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids.

This led to the development of the concept of “entourage effect”. Although this term is widely accepted today, scientists have only recently endorsed it. When CBD comes in combination with a full or wide range of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, a significant change occurs: the effect is achieved at low doses.

4.   Pay Attention To The Packaging

When it comes to packaging, this criteria is very important. Almost the same as extraction mode.

First of all, it is important to know that glass packaging will better preserve the composition of the oil.

Besides, the glass packing will not allow UV rays to penetrate inside the bottle, and thus not impair the quality of the product.

CBD Based Products

The main ingredient of most products is CBD oil, and the difference is in consumption and form. Different modes of consumption result in different effects on the person. For some methods, such as consuming CBD oil under the tongue, the effect is the fastest and most effective.

1.   CBD Oil / Tincture

The usual and also the simplest form of CBD consumption. It is taken orally, sublingually or across the skin.

2.   Capsules

They are used as a daily supplement to the nutrition and normal functioning of the central nervous system. They are taken orally before or after a meal.

3.   Vape Liquids

Today, it is possible to consummate CBD oil with an e-cigarette or vaporizer that heats the oil at low temperatures.

4.   Creams

They are very useful in skin diseases. These creams are based on CBD oil or isolates and are applied directly to the skin.

5.   Food Products

Foods that contain different cannabinoids. Most often they are based on CBD oil or isolates. They come in many forms, from chocolate to chips.

The most controversial Arab Billionaires in the Middle East

The most controversial Arab Billionaires in the Middle East

We love them, we hate them and we want to hear more about them. These are the young princes and elites of the Gulf that wreak havoc on yachts and destroy hotels rooms while roaring down the streets of London in Ferrari’s. There are very real consequences of their wild behaviour, and many people that need to wait on them or work the night shift have a lot to say. We list the most talked about Arab playboys (and girls) that escaped the pieties of their home countries to indulge in short-lived freedom and sometimes tragedy.

The death of Sheikh Rashid
Dubai’s own Sheikh Rashid recently died at the age of 33 this past September. The prince was known for his fast life between drugs, sex and wild parties. In the Emirati circle, he was also described as a major drug abuser and steroid user. He frequently went into “roid rages”, or rages of anger that often resulted in extreme violence. After frequent visits in rehab, he withdrew from important roles and public life.

Dubai’s most promising ruler clearly wasn’t ready to give up his freedom. In 2008 he was stripped of the title Crown Prince, as his younger brother, Sheikh Hamdan, aged 32, was given the job in his place. This came shortly after he was rumoured to be involved in a homicide, as it is alleged tha t he killed an assistant in the ruler’s office, a claim never proved.

The Saudi Prince that accosted 5 women in Beverly Hills
Shortly after the mourning period for the late Sheikh Rashid, a new scandal erupts. The 28-year-old Saudi Prince, Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud is reported to have accosted five women in Beverly Hills. In his massive mansion, the prince like to party and reportedly attempted to force a woman into performing sexual favors.

The police reported that four more victims came forward the same day. A neighbour of the prince reported witnessing a bloodied woman calling for help , and believed she may have worked for the prince on the compound. The prince paid 300,000 USD in bail and was scheduled to appear in court late October. Contrary to popular belief, Saudi princes do not enjoy diplomatic immunity.

The Saudi Princess that abused a Maid
Princess Buniah al Saud ended up in an Orange County Jail for pushing her Indonesian maid down the stairs of her Orlando home back in 2002. An unlikely place for a princess, Al Saud denies the claims and faced an arrest that caused an international uproar and a stern look at the way Saudi royals treat their servants. Although this isn’t a case of abusive partying, it draws a similar pattern. A rich, royal-tied individual that inflicts harm on individuals within their homes.

The maid originally immigrated from Indonesia to become the hand servant of the princess, working for a salary of approximately $200 USD a month. Today, the whereabouts of the princess is unknown as she was last seen in the premises of the Saudi embassy in Washington.

Sheikh Khalid al Qasimi, the fashion prodigy dies at age 39
The son of Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, ruler of Sharjah, has actually lived in the UK since he was nine years-old, and had established himself as a Paris fashion-week brand in 2008. On his rise to fame, Sheikh Khalid al Qasimi was notorious for orgy-filled parties, as sources reveal that he was one of many royal princes that hosted 36-hour events. Many testimonies have surfaced , describing similar events in hotels rooms covered in human feces and yacht parties filled with drugs and expensive rewards for thos e willing to do their host’s bidding.

The princess that skipped out on a $7 million-dollar hotel bill
Princess Maha, the second wife of the late Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, tried to flee the Shangri-La hotel in Paris in 2012. Recently widowed, the princess had been staying in the five-star hotel and had a retinue of 41 rooms over a five-month stay. With an entourage of over 60 people and limo drivers, escaping a hotel bill of that magnitude proved to be challenging.
The princess has also reportedly attempted to skip bills owing to her many shopping sprees at the famous Place Vendome in Paris worth over $20 million. Containers of her luxury goods were auctioned off to foot the bill.

Luxury Consignment is the Next Christmas Trend with The RealReal

Luxury Consignment is the Next Christmas Trend with The RealReal


Are you putting off your holiday shopping until the last minute? If so, you’re not alone.

Nearly 53 % of people end up putting off shopping for gifts until the last minute. Not enough time and not enough money are two of the biggest reasons cited for gift procrastination, and a lot of this has to do with the mindset of holiday purchases.

Buying used items was once taboo, but lately has come into vogue. “It’s the thought that counts” has caught on in many different areas of life, including in the items we purchase. This year, you don’t have to put off your shopping due to money constraints. High-end consignment and resale companies like The RealReal are making it easier than ever to purchase unique items in ways that are convenient for the customer. Here are six reasons to consider secondhand shopping for your presents this holiday.

Reason 1: It saves you money.

Think about all the times you’ve spent money on things your loved ones don’t need — like candles, physical copies of movies, or gag gifts. 45% of consumers have admitted to overspending during the holiday season, which has put a lot of pressure on the national debt average. The pressure to buy things new has hindered people’s gift-giving in the past, but it doesn’t need to anymore. Now that you don’t have to worry about putting yourself into debt buying your loved ones presents, you can focus on buying your loved ones the things they want or need.

Make a budget and stick to it, then do your shopping. You’ll find that the more you shop secondhand, the more you can find and the happier you can make people.

Reason 2: It’s better for the environment.

One of the motivations behind luxury resale companies like The RealReal is to slow down fast fashion’s impact on the environment. In the United States alone, as much as 21 billion pounds of fabric makes up landfills. Unfortunately, fast fashion isn’t slowing down even as landfills are piling up. If consumers were to continue using clothes at the rate they have been and letting them end up in landfills, we would have to further exploit natural areas for landfill space.

Additionally, fast fashion is one of the top contributors to carbon emissions in the world. Luxury clothing and accessory consignment, instead, aims to make the sale of apparel cyclical — meaning nothing is wasted.

For the RealReal, the process looks like this: consumers send their item to The RealReal for evaluation, the piece is then authenticated, marketed, and sold to someone secondhand. The whole process is multifaceted in its benefits. It prohibits landfills from becoming overrun with usable fabric, it slows the demand for raw resources related to clothing and accessory production, and it slows carbon emissions globally. The person who once owned the item, as well as the platform the used garment is marketed on, all make a profit. Finally, the new customer receives a quality item at far less of a cost than it usually would cost.

Reason 3: It helps you focus on what your loved ones want.

Let’s face it — we’ve all been in the situation before where we’ve been so focused on getting something for our loved ones that we have lost sight of what they wanted. In other words, we’ve impulse-bought items in the past. 80% of Millennial-aged shoppers admitted to impulse buying this year, and the pressure to impulse buy during the holidays is even higher. Instead, focus on making lists (or gathering lists) of things your loved ones want. Then, incorporate secondhand shops like The RealReal into your shopping routine to get the most out of your shopping.

Reason 4: Luxury consignment lets you get higher-quality items for your loved ones.

Another symptom of impulse purchases is that you might end up getting something for lower-quality to save a little money. Knockoff and department store brands might have cheaper deals on new items, but that does not mean those products will last. Purchasing luxury items at lower costs, even pieces that are used, means you are gifting your loved ones quality gifts while still being able to save a little bit of money.

Reason 5: It is convenient.

If you live in a city, chances are you live near a consignment or thrift store. After all, there are over 25,000 secondhand stores in the United States alone. If you don’t live in or near a city, however, online consignment brands like The RealReal make it easy for consumers to purchase and receive their items quickly. You can even do your shopping while you’re on a break at work — so you have a little more time to yourself during the holidays.

Reason 6: The items you purchase will almost always be unique or hard-to-find.

One of the biggest fears that we face when it comes to buying presents for our loved ones is the fear that we’ll purchase them something they already have. Most people have received something that they already own as a present, and even more, have received duplicates of the same item. Purchasing an item from a secondhand retailer, like The RealReal, means that you will likely not be giving the same present to a loved one that someone else is. High-end fashion items usually are released on a limited basis, meaning they are harder to find in the first place. If you find a vintage item, these are not only valuable but useful and unique. Likely, if you’re buying an object used, the gift recipient will not only like it but will be receiving an item unlike anything else on their list.

Buying used is not only trendy and fashionable — it makes sense. Now more than ever, there are quality secondhand stores available worldwide that are more than willing and able to bring their customers authentic luxury goods, as well as other secondhand deals that are sure to be a hit this holiday.

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5 Women’s Outerwear Types & How to Pair Them in Winter 2019

5 Women’s Outerwear Types & How to Pair Them in Winter 2019

You may be one of those gals that thinks that investing in one simple coat for the winter is a viable fashion choice. However, you should really think about collecting a variety of outerwear to suit every occasion and to match every outfit. Why? Well, first of all, coats of different lengths, hefts, and styles are designed for different kinds of weather. 

But, the reason why most women want to build an entire coat wardrobe is so they can match any ensemble they put together. Here are some examples of must-have coats and accompanying outfits that simply match them to a tee.

1. Overcoat

An overcoat is the winter time’s answer to the classic trench. And, like the trench, it is long enough to keep you warm, but it also has the requisite thickness for the season. They are extraordinarily elegant and sophisticated. It is also timeless, and, as such, every woman should have this classic hanging in their coat closet.

Overcoats come in assorted colors, but the most popular hues would have to be black, navy blue, red, white, and camel. These neutrals match with nearly anything, but the elegance of the silhouette makes it the perfect 9-to-5 work coat. After all, it is perfectly-matched with a wool scarf, shiny black gloves, and a briefcase or tote bag.

Beneath your overcoat, try a power blazer in an eye-catching color, such as jewel green which will certainly get attention. A crisp dress blouse with a bow closure in front, reminiscent of those worn by glass ceiling-breaking 80s businesswomen, cinches this look, along with a black, mid-length pencil skirt, and black leather knee-high boots. Throw on a simple necklace and a pair of diamond studs and you have a career woman look updated for 2019.

2. Faux-fur Jacket

Faux-fur is ultra-feminine and reminiscent of old-school Hollywood glamour, yet it is still responsible and in line with today’s values. The 2019 version of the fur is now waist-length or a bit below that. Faux-furs also come in a plethora of colors rather than just those hues that are designed to emulate the animals that they are meant to replicate. This season’s colors include yellow, wine-red, and blue.

While these funky spins on a classic design can be combined with nearly any outfit, they really accentuate most evening dresses with their sophistication. This is especially true with the upcoming winter holidays. They counter yet complement the quintessential “little black dress,” while they can also match sparkly, sequin-covered evening wear paired with black tights, a statement necklace, chandelier earrings, and bejeweled stiletto heels. A velvet hat and gloves complete the outfit.

3. Denim Jacket

A denim jacket certainly is a must-buy for all women. Though it did go out of style for a bit in the 90s, probably because the grunge movement wanted nothing in common with hair bands, it made a comeback around the turn of the last century and has been uber-popular ever since. The retro piece is now a must-have, and it works so well with the new Western wear look that has been sweeping the country.

For example, a cropped jean jacket would look great with a girly peasant blouse paired with dark or stressed jeans and rugged Western boots. In lieu of a scarf, a rope-like, suede choker works well, and you can top it all off with a chic cowboy hat. To up the cuteness factor, braid your hair into pigtails!

4. Quilted Jacket

Quilted jackets were quite obscure just a couple of years ago, but they are now common outerwear that can be dressed both up or down, depending on the outfit you are wearing beneath them. The warm, cozy feel of these coats is comforting throughout the winter months, yet they also have a lightweight quality to them that makes them the perfect choice to compliment a bulky, oversized cable knit sweater.

Try a sweater in a bright, solid color and pair it with patterned leggings. Finish off this fresh fashion choice with comfy, fur-lined, suede booties with small chunky heels. To lengthen your torso, try a nearly waist-length necklace, or one that is double that length and wrapped around twice. Match this with hoop earrings and a beret and you are ready for a sleigh ride!

5. Leather Jacket

A little bit edgy, but still strictly casual, this particular jacket adds style to any don’t-give-a-care ensemble. It brings the sexy without overdoing it. Create a rebel look by placing it over a vintage or vintage-inspired modern rock tee, along with minimal jewelry and silky scarf wrapped around the neck multiple times with still enough length to hang a bit. Go totally punk with biker boots, fingerless gloves, and light-blue skinny jeans torn just enough to expose both knees. The style is timeless and it is sure to show everyone who is really in control each time you walk into a room. What’s more, with a little leather dye, you can keep your leather jacket looking new each season.

In conclusion, each woman should have enough variety in her coat collection to match any winter outfit that she dares to put together. The jackets listed here are basics that all women should have because they are not only classics, but they will be sure to have the perfect coat for every occasion. After all, a true fashionista would never have a one-size-fits-all coat that she wears everywhere. Variety is the spice of life!

Wow Your Favorite Couple with These Timeless Wedding Gifts

Wow Your Favorite Couple with These Timeless Wedding Gifts

Are you looking for a great wedding gift that will last for generations to come? It seems like every guest has the same ideas when it comes to wedding presents. Wall art, kitchenware, and tons of monogrammed décor are some of the favorites. Worried about getting the perfect gift? 

Don’t be. There are far less cliché gifts to get your favorite couple. These heirloom-worthy wedding gifts will let your favorite couple know how much they mean to you for decades to come.

An Antique Hope Chest or Writing Desk

Antique furniture pieces are an icon of heirloom gifts, and they make for great wedding presents. Look for a unique hope chest or pick up a vintage writing desk. Your friends are sure to appreciate the effort you put into picking a great showpiece for their home and for their children to inherit.

You should be able to find a plethora of options at your local antique furniture store. Consider the decor styles that fit your friends’ home and be sure to write a sweet note to go along with it as a keepsake. Inquire about the history of the piece and include that in the note as well.

A Rare Book for Reading Enthusiasts

If your friends love to read, look for an early printed copy of one of their favorite books. It’s not difficult to find a great deal on a popular edition of timeless classic literature. You don’t need to spend thousands on a first edition, but a semi-rare hard-copy from their favorite author could be a huge thoughtful gesture. The best part is that early pressings may increase in value as their rarity grows. That makes rare books an awesome family heirloom that can last decades from children to grandchildren.

A Silver Picture Frame

If a picture says a thousand words, a beautiful silver picture frame turns it into a novel. Every couple wants to preserve the memory of their wedding forever. It represents the moment when they dedicated their lives to each other for eternity. 

A classic silver frame adds the perfect touch to a perfect moment. The best thing about silver is that it can endure a lifetime of being moved, packed, and passed down to a generation created by the couple’s love for one another.

An Engraved Music Box

There aren’t many gifts more timeless than a delicately made music box. You can personalize your choice of gift with options like extravagantly jeweled to modest minimalist designs. The focus should be making the gift unique. A customized message on the inside means that you put extra effort into your sentiment.

A Quality Musical Instrument
If your friends are musically inclined, a small guitar or a grand piano (if you want to go big) would wow your friends and all of the other wedding guests. A very nice stringed instrument could be the perfect gift for under $1000 to a couple that loves music. If you’re looking for a smaller gift, search for a beautiful mandolin or ukulele. Classical instruments can last for generations to come, and again, an engraved message is an opportunity to add sentimental value. 

A Grandfather Clock

If you want to make a grand impression at your next wedding party, seek out grandfather clocks at your local vintage shop or look online for a newer model. This wedding present will get lots of attention. Antique grandfather clocks can require a lot of maintenance, so keep that in mind if you go that route. Modern versions are much easier to handle, and they don’t require constant adjusting. The new couple will have a daily reminder of your thoughtfulness every time the clock chimes. It’s a bonus that it will work as a great conversation piece for guests.